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Oregon Plan Calls For I-5 Tolls, Gas Tax Increases

Oregon lawmakers are proposing new tolls on Interstate 5 in the Portland area and raising the state gas tax to raise billions of dollars for transportation infrastructure improvements.

Lawmakers claim that, in order to solve the current transportation problems, these changes are necessary.

The draft proposal includes increasing the current 30 cent state fuel tax by 6 cents next year, and another 2 cents every other year through 2026.

That, as well as other measures including the establishment of tolls on I-5, would bring in an estimated $509.1 million next year, increasing gradually to $1.1 billion in 2027.

Pending Federal approval, the legislation identifies Portland for immediate attention: I-5 and I-205 between the Washington border and their junction just north of Wilsonville.

The committee will hold public hearings on the bill, he said, and hopes to have it to the House floor by early June.


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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-5 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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Ramp Closures for I-5 Construction in Oregon Continue Through October 8

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that intermittent night closures of the Interstate 5 on and off ramps at exit 308 on Hayden Island will continue through Sunday October 8.

Closures are necessary for pavement repairs.

Here are details.

  • The I-5 southbound exit 308 off-ramp at Jantzen Beach will see intermittent closures Sunday through Thursday nights, 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., and Friday and Saturday nights, 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Estimated project completion is Oct. 8.
  • The I-5 northbound exit 308 on and off-ramps at Jantzen Beach will see intermittent closures 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights, and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Estimated project completion is Oct. 8.

Signed detours will be in place for authorized vehicles only, otherwise, motor carriers hauling loads need to avoid using these ramps during the restricted times.

Road restriction/dates may change due to weather or other unforeseen delays.


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Lane, Ramp Closures, Detours for I-5 Construction in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports the following update to traffic impacts as a result of I-5 construction and maintenance operations:

  • Exit 256 ramp to Market St (Salem) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 256 to Market St will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 4, 2017.
  • MP 256 to MP 258 NB & SB (Salem) Effective June 19, 2017, this section I-5 will be restricted to 20 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 15, 2017.
  • NB on ramp from Market St (Salem) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from Market St to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 4, 2017.
  • MP 270.50 to MP 283.01 NB & SB (Woodburn to Wilsonville) Effective July 5, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 15 feet 00 in. in width on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 29, 2017.
  • MP 270.50 to MP 283.01 NB & SB (Woodburn to Wilsonville) Effective July 5, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 17 feet 01 in. in height southbound, and 16 feet 09 in. in height northbound, on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 29, 2017.
  • MP 271.5 to 283. Estimated delay of 20 minutes – 2 hours; Construction Work. Lanes Affected: (Northbound) 2 Lanes
    Road construction is occurring, use caution. Replace the existing pavement between the Willamette River (Boone) Bridge and Woodburn Interchange. The project includes grinding the existing pavement and inlaying the new pavement. Reinstalling durable striping, inlaid pavement markers, and shoulder rumble strips. Lane closures will take place in the evenings, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday thru Thursday nights. Rolling slow downs between 3am to 5am with traffic slowed to approximately 20mph. Expect traffic delays up to 20 minutes. Estimated completion: 10/2017
  • NB on and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 18, 2017, the I-5 northbound on- and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • SB on and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 23, 2017, the I-5 southbound on- and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • SB on-ramp from Charbonneau District (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from Charbonneau District to I-5 southbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • I-5 NB Exit 282 ramp to Canby (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 282 to Canby will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • MP 282.64 to 271. Estimated delay under 20 minutes. Road construction is occurring, use caution. Replace the existing pavement between the Willamette River (Boone) Bridge and Woodburn Interchange. The project includes grinding the existing pavement and inlaying the new pavement. Reinstalling durable striping, inlaid pavement markers, and shoulder rumble strips. Lane closures will take place in the evenings, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday thru Thursday nights. Rolling slow downs between 3am to 5am with traffic slowed to approximately 20mph. Expect traffic delays up to 20 minutes. Estimated completion: 10/2017
  • I-5 SB Exit 282B ramp to Charbonneau District (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 282B to Charbonneau District will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • I-5 NB Exit 289 off-ramp to Nyberg Rd (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 289 to Nyberg Rd will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Nyberg Rd EB (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from Nyberg Rd eastbound to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 291.29. Carman Dr crossing over I-5 (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, Carman Dr crossing over I-5 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. This closure is NOT on the I-5 mainline. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 293.62. NB Truck Ramp (Portland) Effective August 6, 2017, the I-5 northbound Truck Ramp will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. All traffic will be directed to stay on the I-5 mainline. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • MP 294.23 to MP 293.80 SB (Portland) Effective August 8, 2017, this section of I-5 southbound will be restricted to 13 feet 00 in. in width, per the following schedule: Sunday to Friday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM; Saturday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • SB Exit 294 ramp to OR99W (Portland) Effective August 8, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 294 to OR99W will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Barbur Blvd (near Exit 294 – Portland) Effective August 6, 2017, the ramp from Barbur Blvd to I-5 northbound near Exit 294 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • NB Exit 297 ramp to Terwilliger Blvd (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 297 to Terwilliger Blvd will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Barbur Blvd (near Exit 297 – Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from Barbur Blvd to I-5 northbound near Exit 297 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 300.26 to MP 300.36 NB (Marquam Bridge – Portland) Effective August 13, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be closed between the hours of 4 AM & 11 AM for one day only.
  • MP 300.5 to 302. Estimated delay under 20 minutes. Periodic nighttime lane and ramp closures. Periodic closures on I-5 in both directions (Broadway/Weidler to Burnside undercrossing) Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (until 8 a.m. Saturday). Morrison Bridge ramp to I-84 east/I-5 closed for Multnomah County work.
  • MP 301 to MP 302 NB & SB (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 14 feet 06 in. in height southbound, and 16 feet 01 in. in height northbound, between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • MP 301 to MP 302 NB & SB (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Mobile homes with eaves are allowed, provided the base width does not exceed 14 feet 00 in. in width. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from the Morrison Bridge (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from the Morrison Bridge to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • SB Exit 300B ramp to OR99E/Oregon City/OMSI (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 300B to OR99E/Oregon City/OMSI will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • SB Exit 300B to the Morrison Bridge (Portland) Effective August 13, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 300B to the Morrison Bridge will be closed between the hours of 4 AM & 12 noon for one day only.
  • SB on-ramp from Wheeler St (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from Wheeler St to I-5 southbound will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • NB Exit 302C ramp to Greeley Ave/Swan Island (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 302C to Greeley Ave/Swan Island will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 306.6 to MP 307.6 NB (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 306.6 to MP 307.6 NB (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be restricted to 18 feet 04 in. in height between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB Exit 307 ramp to OR99E (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 307 to OR99E will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.

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Closures and Detours for I-5 Construction in Portland

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that the second of four full weekend closures of Interstate 5 in one direction between the Marquam Bridge and North Broadway will take place in the southbound direction from midnight Friday night, April 21 until as late as 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 24. The Morrison Bridge will be closed for the same period. Travelers should make plans now to avoid delays on detour routes.

During the I-5 southbound closure, travelers will be diverted to I-405 southbound to reach I-5 south of downtown. A lane of I-5 south will be open for travelers to access I-84 east. Travelers heading in from Washington State could consider using Interstate 205 to avoid congestion in the central city. Travelers should consider using other routes, including surface streets, or taking transit, depending on their travel plans.

The onramp to I-84 east from the Moda Center will be open for fans departing the Blazer playoff game on Saturday, April 22.

The remaining weekend closures of Interstate 5 will take place from 10 p.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday on the following weekends:

  • Friday, May 5 to Monday, May 8 (northbound)
  • Friday, May 12 to Monday, May 15 (northbound)

Closing I-5 will allow contractor Hamilton Construction to perform concrete repairs underneath the Burnside Bridge, which spans lanes of the freeway. Areas of the concrete are degraded and at risk of falling on the freeway. This work is part of Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge Maintenance project. The closures will also allow ODOT crews to do work on the closed section of freeway, including paving, survey, electrical, inspection and seismic work.

The Morrison Bridge closure is for a separate Multnomah County project that is replacing the deck on the lift span.


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I-5 Construction in Oregon Begins in May

In summer 2017, the Oregon Department of Transportation will repair and resurface two ramps at the Interstate 5 Morrison Bridge interchange and the I-5 bridge over the Rose Quarter Transit Center. The project also will replace the median barrier along I-5 from the Rose Quarter to north of the Hawthorne Bridge. The new barrier will be 10 inches taller than the existing barrier to improve safety of the highway.

When I-5 construction begins in May 2017, there will construction and nighttime noise. Noise will come from heavy equipment, construction trucks, beeping noise when construction vehicles are in reverse (a requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and equipment such as concrete saws and dri​lls.

Working at night is necessary to keep daytime traffic flowing on the heavily traveled freeway.

Lane and ramp closures for I-5 construction will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends. There will be no daytime lane or ramp closures.

Impacts to I-5 & connections to I-84

No full closures of I-5 will take place. This project will require nighttime lane closures on I-5 during bridge and median barrier work.

Ramp closures & detour information

Work on ramps at the Morrison Interchange and work on I-5 will require nighttime ramp closures. Only one ramp will be closed at a time.The impacted ramps and detour information will be provided on this project page soon.

​Working at night is necessary to keep daytime traffic flowing on the heavily traveled freeway.


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New I-5 Ramp in Portland Completed

The Oregon DOT and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will mark the completion of the I-5 Southbound Off-ramp at North Broadway Project Monday, Sept. 26, with a celebration in the Rose Quarter.

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and ODOT’s Portland-area Manager Rian Windsheimer will discuss the project during the Monday event.

The project is the first I-5 transportation improvement in the larger North/Northeast Quadrant Plan, a joint city-state plan aimed at improving traffic operations flow for all transportation modes through the area.

Many local stakeholders contributed to the plan, including neighborhood groups, trucking companies, local businesses and business groups, the Lloyd Center, the Rose Quarter, and bicycle, pedestrian, railroad and environmental advocates.

 


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Ramp and Lane Closures Coming on I-5 Near Downtown Portland

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that nighttime ramp and lane closures are under way this week and may continue through September on Interstate 5 south of downtown Portland as crews resume final work on the paving project between the Marquam Bridge and Southwest Capitol Highway.

Most night closures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude by 6 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. on the weekends.

Thursday Sept. 8

  • Varying I-5 northbound lane closures in northern end of the project, 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Closure of the northbound I-5 ramp to Southwest Macadam Avenue, exit 299A.

Friday Sept. 9.

  • Closure of northbound I-5 ramp to Harbor Way from exit 299B closes at 8 p.m., the ramp to northbound I-405 closes at 10 p.m.
    Ramp to northbound I-405 remains closed 10 p.m. to 8 .m. Saturday.

Saturday Sept. 10

  • Closure of southbound I-405 ramp to southbound I-5, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Closure of southbound Harbor Way on-ramp to southbound I-5 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • The closures are part of the final construction activities in the project to repave seven miles of I-5, most of which was completed in 2015.

The schedule is subject to change based on weather and site conditions.


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Ramp, Lane Closures, Traffic Delays on Oregon I-5

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports the following ramp and lane closures, traffic delays and travel advisories on Interstate 5:

I-5 MP 237 to 242 – Maintenance Work
Lanes Affected: (Southbound) 2 Lanes (Northbound) 2 Lanes
Grind and inlay paving work 6/20 to 6/23 between the hours of 9 PM to 5:30 AM. One lane of travel will be closed. Please proceed with caution. Estimated delay under 20 minutes.

I-5 MP 250.15 to 251.76 – Construction Work
Travelers can expect midday lane closures of the southbound off ramp. Expect intermittent night time lane closures on I-5 south bound. Caution. Ramps Affected. Motorists should be aware of the increased construction activity around the interchange, proceed with caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limits. Project Summary: The I-5 Kuebler Interchange Project will address the increasing congestion at the interchange by modifying the existing southbound off ramp, which will decrease the conflicts at Kuebler that have caused back-ups on I-5 southbound. The new ramp will meet modern standards and contain excess capacity. The project will also add a westbound to southbound I-5 loop on ramp and modify the eastbound to southbound I-5 on ramp. Estimated delay under 20 minutes.

I-5 MP 301.911 – Commercial Vehicle Information
I-5 SB Exit 301 ramp to I-84 EB (Portland) Effective July 10, 2016, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 301 to I-84 eastbound will be closed between the hours of 7 AM & 12 noon. Estimated date of completion is July 10, 2016.

I-5 MP 302 – Construction Work
Lane and sidewalk closures on Broadway and adjacent city streets; new traffic alignment to Broadway Bridge. Occasional daytime shoulder closures on the southbound I-5 off-ramp (exit 302A). The old right turn lane has been removed and traffic will travel in a new lane realignment that connects to the Broadway Bridge. Daytime, periodic single lane closures and sidewalk closures on North Broadway Street and adjacent city streets will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be provided access through detour routes. Please be alert and follow detour signs. Estimated delay under 20 minutes.

I-5 MP 302.011 – Commercial Vehicle Information
I-5 SB on-ramp from Moda Center (Portland) Effective July 10, 2016, the ramp from Moda Center to I-5 southbound will be closed between the hours of 7 AM & 12 noon. Estimated date of completion is July 10, 2016.

I-5 MP 302.6 – Commercial Vehicle Information
I-5 SB Exit 302A to Moda Center (Portland) Effective July 11, 2016, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 302A to Moda Center will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is July 14, 2016.

I-5 MP 302.6 – Commercial Vehicle Information
I-5 SB Exit 302A to Moda Center (Portland) Effective March 25, 2015, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 302A ramp to Moda Center will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 8 PM & 5:30 AM, and on Friday nights between the hours of 8 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 31, 2016.


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Construction on Washington I-5 HOV Lanes Mean Lane Closures

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that two projects, I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV & I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV, will result in lane closures this week.

These two projects lay the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and northbound into Fife.  These projects are located on Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2, and northbound I-5 between East Portland Avenue and Port of Tacoma Road.

Lane closures
Drivers can also anticipate night single- and double-lane closures on both northbound and southbound I-5 between L Street and the Port of Tacoma Road throughout the week.

Monday, March 28

  • Northbound Interstate 5 collector-distributor exit to northbound Interstate 705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to southbound State Route 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Northbound SR 7 exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Tuesday, March 29

  • Northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to southbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Northbound SR 7 exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Wednesday, March 30

  • Northbound I-5 collector-distributor exit to northbound I-705 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Southbound I-705 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, March 31

  • Southbound I-705 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Extended ramp closure
Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will remain closed until mid-April.

Long-term ramp closures

Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 into winter 2017.
A Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 through project completion.


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